Allegro

Currently Browsing: February, 2020

Karen Fisher
Four years ago, Allegro published an explainer of the Single Engagement Classical Concert contract. Since then, Local 802 has added just over 2,000 new members, many of whom may be working under that contract (Appendix A), or the Ballet/Opera Single

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Notes from the field
Leo Gertner
Unions are built on the principle of solidarity – an injury to one is an injury to all. It means that we stand up for each other when injustices are being done against us, our colleagues, or sometimes in our

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The many lives of Buster Williams
Peter Zimmerman
By PETER ZIMMERMAN podunkpete@gmail.com Back in 1989, Buster Williams formed the first incarnation of his Something More quartet. Last year, he released the group’s ninth recording, called “Audacity.” It was a decade in the making and the bassist’s 16th overall

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HOW BLACK MUSICIANS HELPED REFORM LOCAL 802
Black History Month
Jacob Goldberg
In January 1928, black musicians sent a petition to the union’s governing board. Its content remains unknown, but the board perused it, acknowledged the political activities of its “colored members” and, then, from all indications, never responded. No doubt black

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The Broadway League recently released its 22nd annual demographics report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the theatregoers who attended Broadway shows in New York City last season. It also compares current Broadway theatregoing habits in New York City to

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THE CASE ACT CAN HELP MUSICIANS
Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus
Ken Hatfield
For the musicians who remember what our industry was like before the digital paradigm shift, it is abundantly clear that others are now profiting even more from our work than we are. This is especially true for recorded music. For

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Legal corner
Harvey Mars
The start of a new year brings with it the promise of new possibilities and beginnings. Unfortunately, this is not the case with labor relations in the United States. The Trump NLRB’s assault on workers’ legal ability to organize and

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Musicians at Work (photo op)
NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE ENSEMBLE Musicians in the North/South Consonance Ensemble recently performed their annual holiday concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church on West 69th Street. Funding for the concert came in part from the Music Performance Trust Fund, and musicians

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MUSIC FROM THE HEART
Photostory
MET Orchestra musicians and other Local 802 members recently performed for Spanish-speaking refugee children from Mexico and Central America at the Andrew Freedman Home in the South Bronx. Connecting with communities throughout the greater New York area through music has

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Musicians at Work (photo op)
BIG APPLE CIRCUS “I’m grateful to be employed under a Local 802 contract for several reasons. First, I’m impressed by the knowledge, expertise and diligence of the team at 802 who negotiated a fair and thorough contract for our musicians.

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Winning on Stage
Dr. Don Greene
There are five different types of brainwave patterns that affect a musician’s level of performance. They are called delta, alpha-theta, alpha, beta, and gamma. Each frequency can be measured on an electroencephalogram (EEG) in cycles per second (otherwise known as

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Alan H. Arnold, 87, a violist, composer, arranger and publisher, died on Dec. 14. He had been a member of Local 802 for almost 50 years and was also a member of ASCAP. Born in the Bronx in 1932, Mr.

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Reminiscences
Seth Lewis
Mentorship is a vital tradition in music, especially in jazz. An excellent role model was the late Bob Cranshaw, whose life I am researching for my graduate thesis. I want to share a little bit about what I’ve learned and

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Adi Meyerson
Adi Meyerson
I joined Local 802 after I got some work opportunities through the union, and I’m glad to finally be a part of it. My musical goal in NYC is to continue to lead my band and play with my heroes

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John Lake
John Lake
I joined Local 802 to further my career as a pit musician and recording artist. My musical goal in NYC is to play music at the highest levels with an excellent community of musicians. One of my favorite recent gigs

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Chelsea Lane
Chelsea Lane
I joined Local 802 so that I could pursue more freelance work in NYC as I write my dissertation for a DMA degree at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The opportunity to read for “Das Rheingold” at the Metropolitan Opera last

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Edward W. Hardy
Edward W. Hardy
I joined Local 802 after already establishing a career as a musician and composer. I was asked to be a sub for “Rocktopia” on Broadway, which was a fantastic experience, and prompted me to join the union. Coincidentally, it was

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Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
I joined Local 802 because it seemed a great way to meet fellow musicians in New York City, and I also believe in the advocacy and organizing work the union does to ensure that we are paid a fair wage.

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Jordon Cunningham
Jordon Cunningham
I re-joined Local 802 after I started working at the Engeman Theatre on Long Island for its production of “Saturday Night Fever.” I’m also very much looking forward to a few projects coming up within the next couple of months,

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December 3, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:17 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Frawley, Kainuma, Shankin. Minutes of November 25, 2019 reviewed. It was moved

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Bill Crow
Pianist Marty Napoleon was a good friend, and provided me with quite a bit of work over the years with his trios and quartets. But it was his older brother Andy, a drummer, who I first met when I arrived

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